[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Iron deficiency anemia is a common deficiency experienced in South Africa, as well as globally. Iron is a mineral needed to make hemoglobin, which is a part of red blood cells that transports oxygen and carbon dioxide in our blood stream.
Iron deficiency occurs when the body doesn’t absorb it’s needed amount of iron. You usually only experience symptoms when the iron deficiency progresses to iron deficiency anemia.
This is a condition where the body’s iron stores are so low that not enough normal red blood cells can be made to carry oxygen efficiently. Populations that are a greatest risk include:
Symptoms of this include:
Here are 2 ways to boost your iron intake without using supplements:
Best animal sources:
Best plant sources:
Here are a few ways to implement this:
Remember that the red blood cell has a life span of 120 days, so it may take up to 4 months of intentional eating before your energy levels are back up and your symptoms disappear.
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